Top runners from around the world are set to compete in Chicago

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Top runners from around the world are set to compete in Chicago
Every year the Bank of America Chicago Marathon welcomes some of the top athletes from around the world to compete on the streets of Chicago. From past champions looking to retain the podium to hopeful competitors striving to etch their names in the history books, the 2019 Chicago Marathon will feature some of the best performances the sport can offer. Learn more about some of the athletes joining the previously announced field.

Bridgid Kosgei
Marathon personal best: 2:18:20
Country: Kenya
Getaneh Molla
Marathon personal best: 2:03:34
Country: Ethiopia

Betsy Saina
Marathon personal best: 2:22:56
Country: Kenya
Lawrence Cherono
Marathon personal best: 2:04:06
Country: Kenya

Madai Perez
Marathon personal best: 2:22:59
Country: Mexico
Dickson Chumba
Marathon personal best: 2:04:32
Country: Kenya

Manuela Schär
Marathon personal best: 1:28:17
(World record)
Country: Switzerland
Daniel Romanchuk
Marathon personal best: 1:21:36
Country: United States

Susannah Scaroni
Marathon personal best: 1:30:42
Country: United States
Ernst Van Dyk
Marathon personal best: 1:18:04
Country: South Africa

Tatyana McFadden
Marathon personal best: 1:30:42
Country: United States
Hiroki Nishida
Marathon personal best: 1:20:28
Country: Japan

View the full 2019 Bank of America Chicago Marathon elite field.

U.S. Paralympic Team Trials
The Bank of America Chicago Marathon is proud to the host of the 2020 U.S. Paralympic Team Trials Marathon on Sunday, October 13. The nation's top wheelchair racers will have a chance to punch their tickets to compete for Team USA at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo.

Last chance to sign up!
Don't miss your chance to run the 2019 Advocate Health Care International Chicago 5K on Saturday, October 12! Space is limited, and registration will close soon. So, secure your spot at the start line and take part in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon race weekend celebration!

This year runners will receive:

  • A one-of-a-kind running tour through downtown Chicago
  • A finisher medal
  • An official race bib
  • Chicago style winter hat
Register today, and we will see you at the start line

Volunteer at the Advocate Health Care International Chicago 5K
Support runners and join in the Advocate Health Care International Chicago 5K celebration as a volunteer! Before the race volunteers are needed at the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo to distribute race bibs. You can also volunteer on race day at the start line in Daley Plaza or at the finish line in Grant Park.

Learn more and sign up today at! *

*Volunteers are required to register online individually by Friday, October 4, 11:59 p.m. Central Time.

See the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in Chicago
The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra is coming to Chicago! Presenting 'The Galaxy's Greatest Hits' to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, this one night only concert takes place the evening after the marathon at Symphony Center, Chicago on Monday, October 14.

The event will invite guests to another world as the orchestra performs favorite space classics from Star Wars, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Gustav Holst's The Planets, Star Trek, Apollo 13 and 2001: A Space Odyssey. The concert will be hosted by George Takei, Mr Sulu from Star Trek and feature special guest Charlie Duke – the tenth and youngest person to walk on the moon, as well as jazz greats Kurt Elling and James Morrison.

You and your family deserve a sensational night out to celebrate your great Bank of America Chicago Marathon performance! The Aussies will welcome you with a discounted ticket offer when you use the promotion code below. Click here for more information about the performance and how to book tickets.

Gatorade Endurance on course
Gatorade Endurance is proud to be the Official Sports Fuel of 2019 Bank of America Chicago Marathon, helping provide critical fluids and nutrients to endurance athletes on race day. Gatorade Endurance Formula is served at all aid stations on course. Additional Gatorade Endurance product such as Carb Energy Chews are available at Aid Station 10 and Energy Gels are available at Aid Station 14. Dial in your fueling plan for race day by training with what's on-course.

Learn more

GO Airport Express
GO Airport Express offers efficient and economical shared-ride shuttles from O'Hare and Midway airports. The GO Airport Express counters are in the baggage claim area of the airport. Shuttles depart every 15 to 20 minutes from O'Hare and every 20 to 25 minutes from Midway airport.

Book your shuttle now and pay only $20 per person for up to two riders. Groups of 3 or more will receive a greater discount and pay only $16 per person. Visit to make a reservation or call 800.284.3826 and use the code "marathon." For private charters call 773.843.2420.

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